July 2017

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July 2017

In the Loop is our monthly newsletter, sharing our own news as well as some of the stories we've tweeted in the last month.

Tactical Tech news and events (9)

Tactical Tech releases, events, and press

releases (1)
THE GLASS ROOM IN A SUITCASE



Following the huge success of The Glass Room NYC, and with the next exhibition in London round the corner, we've been travelling around testing out The Glass Room "In a Suitcase", a smaller, portable version, complete with a Data Detox Bar.

events (6)
DATA INVESTIGATION CAMP



From July 19-24, over 50 selected individuals will come together in Montenegro for the Data Investigation Camp, a five-day long event, organised by Tactical Tech and Share Lab. In this space, questions of how data can be used to expose misconduct and abuses of power will be explored and unpicked. Stay tuned for updates, photos and videos.

H.A.C.K. Camp



Camp++
, the fifth H.A.C.K. camp, will be taking place in a 19th-century fort in Hungary (pictured) between July 6-9 this year. Tactical Tech's Marek Tuszynski will be giving two lectures: 'FEAR AND DESIRE v.0.2' and 'Free Software is Passe - a crisis or strange metamorphosis?' Marek will also be running a workshop: 'The Portable Glass Room Projects: politics and data for everyone'.

CONSIDERING BIAS



On June 21, Maya Ganesh spoke in Berlin at the Digital Impact event alongside Katharina Rasch (Data Science for Social Good) and Andrew Means (The Impact Lab) about the role of bias in data and the broader implications this has on society.

DIGITAL SECURITY WORKSHOP



Chris Walker and Gabi Sobliye gave a digital security workshop at the Forest Defenders Conference at the Oxford Centre for Tropical Forests, organised by Not1More on June 21-22. The conference brought together environmentalists, activists, and investigators who have been defending forests worldwide.

DATA POLITICS: VIEW FROM THE GLASS ROOM



On June 30, Marek Tuszynski spoke at Border Sessions, a technological conference and year-round lab, in the Netherlands, which brings together creative and critical minds to answer questions about how technology can be used for social change.

FEAR AND DESIRE v.0.2


(image: artwork by Florian Freier)

 As part of the No Secrets exhibition and lecture series in Munich (running until July 16), Marek Tuszynski spoke about the binary systems of fear and desire in the digital age.

press and media (2)
DATA DETOX KIT: A ‘BACK TO BASICS’ RESOURCE



The 8-day Data Detox Kit is referenced as a ‘back to basics’ resource for a Crypto Party in Harlem, New York. (Consumer Reports)

DATA INVESTIGATION CAMP PARTICIPANT: STELLAR MURUMBA



Here's a short piece about Stellar’s participation in our Data Investigation Camp. Stellar is a grantee of the impactAFRICA programme and she's currently working on Chokers, an investigation into counterfeit medicines in Kenya. (Medium)

stuff we're reading (10)

Stories we've found interesting in the past month

activism (3)
HOW APPLE’S APP STORE TURNED INTO A SCAMMER’S PARADISE

Shady developers and scam apps: how are you being cheated on the Apple App Store? (Mashable)

THE ‘DOUBLESWITCH’ SOCIAL MEDIA ATTACK: A THREAT TO ADVOCATES IN VENEZUELA AND WORLDWIDE



Activists in Venezuela, Bahrain, Myanmair and elsewhere are finding it harder to recover their social media accounts after standard shut downs. (Access Now)

YOU CAN ENCRYPT YOUR FACE



Facial recognition technology used by law enforcement poses a threat to anonymous dissent. Here you can wear the mask of a leading biometric corporation employee instead. (The New Inquiry)

provocation (5)
THE REAL THREAT OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE



Read about dangers in the work place with regards to the future of Artificial Intelligence. (The New York Times)

THIS IS HOW TWITTER BLOCKS FAR-RIGHT TWEETS IN GERMANY



How does a worldwide social media platform bend to local legislation? (Motherboard)

CORPORATE SURVEILLANCE IN EVERYDAY LIFE



Read about the major players who facilitate the collection, storage and trading of data. (Cracked Labs)

WHO GETS TO USE FACEBOOK’S RAINBOW ‘PRIDE’ REACTION?



An interesting analysis on how algorithms can create stereotypes and echo chambers within social media. (The Atlantic)

WHY THE NEXT TECH REVOLUTION WILL BE A FEMALE AFFAIR



The ethical and economic advantages behind the predicted rise in women occupying leading positions in tech. (El Pais)

illumination (2)
A VISUAL INTRODUCTION TO MACHINE LEARNING



Interact with the statistical learning techniques that computers apply to identify patterns of data. (RD23)

WE WANT TO GIVE YOU BACK YOUR FACEBOOK DATA


Download
this browser extension to see how machine learning algorithms track your data. (Data Selfie)